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Can a Muslim Woman get a Bikini Wax?

Posted on Aug 19, 2015 by in Featured, Fiqh, Question and Answer | 15 comments


Question: Is it permissible for a Muslim woman to have another woman give her a bikini wax?

Answer: According to Islamic law, it is prohibited to look at the genitals of another person, even if they are of the same gender. The only exceptions are a husband and wife looking at the genitals of each other or in cases of medical or legal necessity.

Sayyid Khamenei states in the Newly Asked Questions of his Farsi website: “Looking at the genitals of another person…is impermissible, unless there is a necessity, for instance the law or medical treatment…”

Sayyid Sistani states in Islamic Laws, ruling 2445: “It is haraam to look at the private parts of a baligh Muslim, even if it is seen behind the glass or reflected in the mirror, or clean water etc. As an obligatory precaution, it is also haraam to look at the genitals of a non-Muslim, and of a discerning Na-baligh child. However, wife and her husband can look at the entire body of each other.”

Hygienic procedures would not fall under the category of medical necessity. Therefore, exposing one’s private parts would be prohibited for a Brazilian Wax, unless the waxer is one’s husband. Regarding the bikini wax, if the private parts are exposed it would be impermissible. But, there would be no problem if the sister has her genitals covered while other woman waxes the areas around the genitals.

And Allah knows best.

Answered by Shaykh Hamid Waqar


  1. this makes no sense, waxing around the genitals?? thats the genital area though!!
    stupid!!! its advised a woman get a bikini wax by an estetcian! good luck with your hairy jungles down there! gross

    • This is not saying that one can’t do it, there are conditions: first: her husband shaves her or second: she does it herself. But, it is haram to expose the privates.

    • said: The naamisah is the woman who removes hair from the face and the mutanammisahis the one who asks to have that done. This action is haraam, unless a woman develops a beard or moustache, in which case it is not haraam to remove it, rather that is mustahabb in our view. Sharh al-Nawawi li Saheeh Muslim, 14/106 3 – Hair concerning which the texts are silent and do not say whether it is to be removed or left as it is, such as hair on the legs, hands, cheeks or forehead. There is some difference of scholarly opinion concerning this.  Some said that it is not permissible to remove it, because removing it implies changing the creation of Allaah, as Allaah tells us that the Shaytaan said: “ ‘and indeed I will order them to change the nature created by Allaah’”[al-Nisa’ 4:119 – interpretation of the meaning] Some said that this is one of the things concerning which nothing was said, so the ruling is that it is allowed. It is permissible to leave it or to remove it, because whatever is not mentioned in the Qur’aan or Sunnah is permissible. This was the view favoured by the scholars of the Standing Committee and by Shaykh Ibn ‘Uthaymeen. See Fataawa al-Mar’ah al-Muslimah, 3/879 It says in Fataawa al-Lajnah al-Daa’imah: (a)     There is no sin on a woman if she removes hair on her upper lip, thighs, calves and arms. This is not part of thetanammus (plucking) that is forbidden.(Fataawa al-Lajnah al-Daa’imah, 5/194, 195) (b)    The Committee was asked:What is the Islamic ruling on plucking the hair between the eyebrows?They replied:It is permissible to pluck it, because it is not part of the eyebrows.(Fataawa al-Lajnah al-Daa’imah, 5/197) The Standing Committee was asked: What is the ruling on a woman removing hair from her body? They replied: It is permissible for her to do that, apart from the hair of the eyebrows and head. It is not permissible for her to remove the hair of her head or to remove any part of the eyebrows, whether by shaving or any other means. Fataawa al-Lajnah al-Daa’imah, 5/194 We should comment on the questioner’s words “I know that plucking the eyebrows is haraam and removing facial hair is also.” As for plucking the eyebrows, this is haraam and is a major sin, because the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) cursed those who do it.But as for removing facial hair, there is a difference of opinion among the scholars as to whether it is permissible to remove it. This is based on their various understandings of the word al-namas. Some scholars said that al-namas means removing any facial hair, and they did not limit it to the eyebrows. Others were of the view that al-namas refers to removing the hair of the eyebrows only. This was the view favoured by the Standing Committee as is clear from the fatwas quoted above. It says in Fataawa al-Lajnah al-Daa’imah: Al-namas means plucking the hair of the eyebrows, which is not permissible because the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) cursed the woman who plucks eyebrows (al-naamisah) and the one who has it done (al-mutanammisah). Fataawa al-Lajnah al-Daa’imah, 5/195 And Allaah knows best.

      • Thank you, interesting read. But, the article is regarding exposing one’s private parts in order to remove hair which was not addressed in your comment.

  2. What if the husbands demands a wife to get herself waxed by a professional. My friends husband asks her to get it done

    • If private parts are exposed, she would not be allowed to listen to her husband in this case.

  3. Okay you are a man and you are neither ahlul bayt , prophet, or God (SWT). Waxing hair is a medical necessity for women-cleanliness discourages yeast infections, bacterial vaginosis, and any other bacterial ailment that is actually EXTREMELY common in women because it is a wet dark warm area where fungus wants to grow. Waxing is precautionary medical necessity- clean area, less hair (over time because you wax – so that you are not 60 and still trying to clean areas you literally no longer have the energy or pain threshold to clean), no hairs for bacteria to attach to so that when using a breeq in the washroom the water is able to truly clean the genital area……..
    Therefore you find most women do brazilian wax with a female esthetician- especially if said professional is muslima, because with the will of Allah her niyyah is pure (to help other women clean their genital area for health + marriage purposes)…… At least think before you respond to women with your propaganda…..No one has to follow a marja’ …. we look to them for answers in fiqh…..and when you know the answer in your heart and intuition…. you dont need to prove it to others like this conversation thread. May allah grant you patience and open mindedness oh brother in Islam. We are not hurting you-so dont say such hurtful things to us women.

    • You are absolutely correct, I am neither Ahlul-Bayt (a), Prophet (s), or God (swt). Always good to make that distinction.

      If it is considered to be a medical necessity for women to bikini wax then this would be an exception to the general prohibition of exposing one’s private parts. Although I am not divine, it seems a little far-fetched to consider removing all of one’s pubic hair to be a medical necessity. One can reach similar, if not equal, amounts of hygienic health by trimming.

      Taqlid is necessary for one who isn’t a marja or practitioner of ihtiyat. Refer to the following link:

      Thank you for your concerns.

  4. What is the matter with women these days? Take some wax or an epilator and do it yourselves! Are we better than the family of the Prophet (SAWS)? They did not go running off to the salon every time they needed to perform routine hygiene. Or are we just weak? Everyone says it hurts: just get an ice pack and grow a spine and get the job done.

    • Well true. But waxing down there isn’t really safe at home. So it’s better to have it done professionally trained people. Just like you wouldn’t put on braces or treat yourself if you had a problem…. You’d go to the doctor or dentist…. They specialize in that.

      • I might be ignorant, but dentistry work seems a little different than waxing.

    • if you wax incorrectly you can peel off skin. it has been done before. that is why women get trained. imagine ripping your skin off the most private area because you want to do it yourself and are not trained.

      • Waxing is not necessary for hygiene. There are other alternatives, including shaving. Therefore, the necessity of exposing one’s private parts is not met.

        • I agree with you on this brother. If it is stated clearly in the Hadith by our noble, beloved prophet Mohommed (pbuh)- then we must follow his teaching :) Alhamdulillah he has provided us with such wisdom and knowledge to benefit us and keep us on the right path.

          I would just like to know this though, if I have a clothe to fully cover the private parts and only wax the inner thigh (close to the vagina) area, is that permissible?

          • Thank you sister for your kind words. Yes, there would be no problem with that.

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